Eric (Rick) S. Rein

Eric (Rick) S. Rein

RICK REIN is chair of Horwood Marcus & Berk's Litigation Group and focuses his practice on creditor's rights, loan enforcement and creditor bankruptcy representation. He regularly advises secured creditors in workout and restructuring transactions, including forbearance agreements. He also assists secured creditors in recovering pledged collateral through Uniform Commercial Code sales and commercial mortgage foreclosures, in prosecuting claims based on fraud, non-performing loans, intercreditor disputes and loan commitment litigation and in defending creditors against whom claims have been asserted. Additionally, Rick has extensive financial services litigation experience in state and federal venues at the trial and appellate level.

Rick also concentrates his practice in multijurisdictional litigation, specifically the recovery of foreign claims and assets. He is also well regarded for his knowledge of international legal systems and frequently serves as special counsel to the financial services industry, corporations, attorneys, accountants, trustees, receivers and high-net-worth individuals. He has handled complex international banking and fraud matters in more than 40 jurisdictions throughout North and South America, Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, and Europe. Rick was the first U.S. attorney to employ the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty in Uruguay. He also was the first U.S. Attorney to obtain Norwich Pharmacal relief in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Rick is a well-sought-after interview source on the topic of international asset recovery and is frequently called upon by the media. He has been interviewed by the Associated Press, Bloomberg News, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, CNNMoney, First Business, Lawyer Monthly and various industry trade publications. He also has authored several articles about the nuances of international litigation for legal publications such as the American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review, New York Law Journal, Banking Law Journal, and Latin American Law and Business Report. Past speaking engagements include presentations to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Turnaround Management Association, International Bar Association, American Bar Association, and the Florida and New York Bar Associations. Lawyer Monthly named Rick Asset Recovery Lawyer of the Year (2014).

Rick maintains an international asset recovery blog, where he writes about issues concerning the pursuit of assets around the world which have been concealed or transferred by fraudsters, post-judgment creditors, divorcing spouses and others. For more information about Rick's international asset recovery practice, please visit the International Asset Recovery Group (IARG) website.





  •  Asset Recovery Lawyer of the Year (2014)


  • American Bar Association, Commercial & Business Litigation Committee, International Litigation Subcommittee, Co-Chair
  • American Bankruptcy Institute, Commercial Fraud Committee, Co-Chair
  • Chicago Bar Association, Member
  • International Bar Association, Member
  • Jewish Community Center of Chicago, Honorary Director
  • National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees, Member
  • National Association of Federal Equity Receivers, Member


Industries Served

  • Banking
  • Specialty Finance


    • Contact Information
    • Bar Admissions
      • Illinois  (1981)
      • Florida  (1982)
    • Education
      • University of Miami, J.D.
      • Washington University, B.A.
    • Court Admissions
      • U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit (2011)
      • U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit (2002)
      • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit (1983)

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